Getting Apps onto the Student iPads

Hi All,

We are moving forward with our iPad Ambassador program which will help us help you get the very best apps onto the student iPads.Very exciting.

Here is how it works:

At each building is an Ambassador. The Ambassadors span grades KAP/K, 1, and 2. Some have the new iPads, some the old. Some teachers are new(er) to the iPads, some are original Cadre Members. (The idea here was to represent every teacher well)

Our first meeting is Dec. 15, 2016. So before then, if you have an app that you would like to possibly see added to the iPads – let your Ambassador know.

FYI: Here is a link to an article about some ideas about how to vet apps.

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NEW iPads- Fall 2016

Hello All

We are very excited that all of the new iPads for k-2 have been delivered and are in your hands.

A few things about the iPads:

1. They are iPad 2 Airs and have 64 GB of storage (the teacher iPad is the same)

2. The easiest way to move content from the student iPad to your teacher iPad or MacBook is to use AirDrop.

3. The student iPads have many Apps INSTALLED on them and the rest of the apps are available in Self-Service. This document will explain what is INSTALLED and what is available in SELF-SERVICE.

4. For teachers, everything is in Self-Service and you can pick and choose what apps to install.

5. We are all happy to assist in any way needed so feel free to contact your building IA if you need any assistance.

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Summer 2016 iPad Roll out K-2 Teachers


Welcome and Introductions


Goals for the day

Intro to the iPad Air 2 and iOS 9.X and Customizing your iPad-

iPad Air 2, 64 GB- one teacher iPad and six student iPads

  1. Email
  2. General -> Accessibility-> Voiceover OFF Zoom ON, Speech (Speech Selection ON)
  3. Touch ID and Passcode – Setup touch id later, Set up a Passcode now
  4. Lock rotation-> Swipe up
  5. Search for an app-> Swipe down. Teach this to the kids
  6. Return to home screen-> Double click Home OR Five fingers pinch
  7. Air Drop-> Swipe up (More on Air Drop)
  8. Reflector

Management- JAMF/Casper

  1. Self-Service vs. Installed Apps
  2. Requesting new apps
  3. VPP and in app purchases
  4. Going forward iPad Ambassadors (working title!)

The Blog- Bookmark for easy reference

Rules for the iPads in Class

Focus for the day: Ideas for content creation and documenting learning!

“Sample” Lesson Ideas for Content Creation

  • Feelings w/ Popplet and QR Codes w/ Laurie.   Hints: Take a screen shot OR export as a jpeg
  • Who are the people in my community w/Book Creator w/ Laurie Hint: Send to SeeSaw
  • Planets w/ Chatterpix w/ Dawn
  • Nearpod w/ Dawn
  • Story Retelling w/ iMovie or Quickvoice w/ Dawn


  • Coding with our littlest kids w/ Kodable w/ Laurie
  • Differentiating with Math and ELA w/ Front Row  w/ Dawn
  • App Smashing Task Cards w/ Laurie

Documenting Learning

  • Documenting Learning w/ SeeSaw w/ Dawn

Skill Based Apps

  • Telling Time
  • Money
  • EPIC!

Where to find ideas for using iPads in the classroom


Easy and Creative iPad Projects for Elementary Kids

Learning and Sharing Free “Course

 Tips and Tricks

  • Teach kids to search for apps using the swipe down
  • Rearrange apps using the dock
  • Student accounts
  • Accidentally said no to camera or microphone? Settings-> App






QR code for the poplet activity




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Are you looking for some new ideas?

I was looking for some new ideas on using the iPads and came across this blog by Kristi Meeuwse. Kristi is a Kindergarten Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Her blog is filled with simple ideas that reach deep levels and let kids document their learning.

See an idea you’d like to try? I’d love to help you out. Let’s chat!



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Read Aloud Books

Hi All-

Came across this today and thought I’d pass it on. It is a symblaloo to a bunch of Read Aloud books from National Geographic.

Here is the link to the symbaloo but if you’d like to make this look a little nicer for the kids I can show you how to place it onto your webpage and then do a webclip right to it from the iPad.  :-)

Happy listening.

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There a new kid friendly search engine on the block called The purpose of  Kiddle is to pull “kid appropriate sites” to the top of the search results.

How does Kiddle work? Kiddle is a highly customized Google Search for kid friendly results. Quick note: THIS IS NOT A GOOGLE PRODUCT. (You’ll notice that the Kiddle address is and not Google.) The makers of Kiddle are using Google but have customized the results to be kid friendly.

Why might this be a good choice for our littlest kids? Try this: Go to Google and search for “Ants”. Look at the first several results. Now go to Kiddle and do the same thing. While the Google search may or may not return top hits that are aimed at kids, the Kiddle search will.

How does Kiddle list its results? If you search for “Ants” in Kiddle you should see something like this for the results:

  • The first 3 results will be sites that are written and aimed at kids.
  • Results for number 4 to 7 will be from trusted sites with easy to read content.
  • Results from number 8 onward will be from sites written for adults but filtered with Googles Safe Search.

You can read more about this here.

Let me know what you think. If you like it, consider adding it to the home screen on your iPads as a webclip.




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iPad Management…Coming SOON!

We are very excited to announce that we are in the process of rolling out a product to help us help you manage the iPads. We will be using a product called Casper (yep, like the friendly ghost).

This means lots of great stuff for you.

First, we’ll be able to push out apps to you in a simple, easy manner. If all goes well, we can do this wirelessly and never touch the iPads.

Second, we’ll be able to ‘target’ the iPads with apps. For example, if there is an app that only Kindergarten needs…it can be pushed to only those iPads.

Third, we’ll be able to offer you ‘self-service’ where we can place apps into a queue and you can decide to them pull down onto the iPad or not.

Last, you’ll have a feature called “Casper Focus.” Focus will allow you to ‘focus’ the iPads onto one app and preventing other apps from launching. This could be very helpful in small groups settings to help keep kids on task.

At this point, we are working with the company to set up the back end and then we’ll be doing the training so we know how to make the most of the product and assist you to the greatest degree. We are looking to use this spring as training and testing and hoping to be fully up and running for Fall.

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Does closing apps save battery life?

Nope. We have an official answer straight from Apple!

Closing apps does not save battery life.



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Newest iOS is out

Hello All-

Apple has released iOS 9.2.1.

You can install it on your machine and the student machines.

Apple is promising BIG changes with the next release on iOS 9.3. The biggest game changer is going to be the ability to have kids share iPads and log into them individually.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Task Cards and App Smashing

For those of you new to the term “App Smashing” simply means using several apps to create something…so Popplet, with Camera, with QuickVoice all used for one final product.

I came across this on Twitter – it is “App Smash/Task Cards” that you would put at a station and the kids would follow the cards to create the product. You might need to ‘tweak’ the apps used or it might give you some new ideas.

What do you think?

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